Bob, I'm thinking about some extra-bright students I have seen. Some are talented in everything, but the more common situation seems to be where the student is very talented in math, let's say, but not extraordinary in every subject. I would want that student to be able to come to me for math but then be able to return to his/her school for other subjects. I'm assuming that either transportation or an on-site instructor would be indicated, especially in a smaller school setting.
> I guess you are saying that the student (being in a > borderline grade) would have to go to a different > school, say, instead of the local elementary school > they would have to go to the local middle or junior > high school. That seems to be a zero sum issue. I > mean, they are going to go to that school eventually > anyways, like any other student, and if this is grade > advancement they are actually saving a year or more > of expense, right? Math wise, an actual grade > advancement will always be a net plus (because you > are removing a year of expense). > > In the scenario I posted, we have schools that are > called choice schools which require the student and > parents to commit to the work. At the high school > level there are only two of them and that entails > extra transportation costs. But transportation is > like 3% of the budget (over the whole district). In > the end, when you compare cost per student, school to > school, these two choice schools are below the > average. Nearly 1/2 to a 1/3 of the highest costing > schools which are the Title 1 schools and those that > have become specialists in disabilities. > > Bob Hansen > > > > On Feb 15, 2012, at 10:38 AM, Richard Strausz > <Richard.Strausz@farmington.k12.mi.us> wrote: > > > Bob, I am not an expert on gifted education, but I > can think of an exception to your statement that > >> ...It does not cost more to teach gifted > students... > > > > What if I am a very bright grade 5 student in a K-5 > school or a very bright grade 8 student in a 6-8 > school or... > > > > I envision staffing, transportation and/or > technology costs in meeting my needs. > > > > Richard